Masovia (Mazowieckie)

Masovia (Mazowieckie) is located in mid-north eastern Poland and has the city of Warsaw as its unofficial capital. It has an area of around 35,000 square kilometres and a population of just over 5 million.

The province has a lowland landscape with forests (mainly pine and oak) that cover 20% of the entire area. The primary forests are Kampinos Forest, Puszcza Biała and Puszcza Zielona. Nearly 30% of Masovia is classified as protected land comprising of Kampinos National Park, 171 nature reserves and 62 protected landscape sites.

These areas attract many thousands of visitors from within Poland and from abroad. The region is home to Warsaw Chopin Airport, the busiest airport in Poland and many tourists stay in the province for a few days prior to exploring the other regions in the country.

Kampinos National Park is one of the largest national parks in Poland and is popular with tourists making day trips from Warsaw to hike and cycle among the park's primeval forests, sand dunes, and marshland. The park has 300km of marked walking and cycling trails to enjoy and has been designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

Masovia is the centre of infrastructure, industry, education, research & science in the country. It is ranked first in the country according to Gross Domestic Product, due entirely to Warsaw; which is the financial centre of East-Central Europe. The area has the lowest unemployment rate in Poland and is classified as a very high income province.

Warsaw is home to many theatres and well-known institutions such as the National Philharmonic, the National Opera House & the National Library and is also home to many monuments and impressive historical buildings. Warsaw Old Town was almost completely demolished during World War II but was restored back to its former glory and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There are plenty of interesting things to see outside of Warsaw. You can find impressive cathedrals in Płock and Łowicz, the manor house where Frédéric Chopin was born in Żelazowa Wola.

There are many castles to explore in the region such as Czersk, Pułtusk, Ciechanów, Opinogóra, Rawa Mazowiecka, Sochaczew and Liw, you’re also find interesting churches, palaces and parks.